So unless I’ve completely misunderstood a tweet from a person, who will be left unnamed, on Warped Tour, bands are no longer allowed to tweet their set times to followers. My response after reading this? WHAT. THE. F*CK. I am not a happy girl. Sometimes it’s annoying to see the same tweet from the same people every day saying what time they’re playing, but it’s convenient to the people who are going to Warped Tour that day.
We, as Warped goers, have NO CONTROL over traffic. It takes me over 3 hours to get to Warped when I’m driving from Virginia. That means that if I want to get there at 9:30am, an hour and a half before doors, I have to leave my house at 6am and make NO STOPS on the way. Last year, I got to Charlotte over an hour before doors were scheduled to open and had to wait in traffic for over an HOUR to go ONE MILE. After we parked and ran to the line, we waited another 30 minutes to an hour just to get in.
Yes, I understand that getting there early and running to the inflatable to check set times “before everyone else” is a big part of Warped “History”, and I don’t care if a band I plan on seeing decides not to post their set time on Twitter the day I’m seeing them. It’s likely I won’t even be checking Twitter regularly all day! It’s the fact that it’s now AGAINST THE RULES to tell fans what time the band is playing.
If a band plays at 11:30, it’s probably accurate to say that less than half of their fans have actually made it through the ticket scanners and through the door. Once they get past the scanners, they have to run (in the heat) to the inflatable (let’s assume they already know where it’s located) to see what time all their favorite bands are playing. It’s now 11:45 and one of the bands went on at 11:30. That fan has already missed half of their set, which is located in the amphitheater, pretty far away from the inflatable. With the crowds on the sidewalk it is impossible to RUN to the amphitheater so it takes another 10 minutes to get there. The band now has 5 minutes left. That fan MIGHT catch one more whole song.
It’s all about convenience. Bands are not trying to ruin the traditional Warped Tour experience by telling fans what time they’re playing. What if that band is the MAIN reason that person even decided to pay $40 for a Warped ticket? I’d be pissed.
So the solution is to “get there early” and be the first in line. If every attendee decided they were going to leave an hour early to get to the venue earlier, the same problem would hold true. There are still the same amount of people in line in front of you, preventing you from getting your ticket scanned and getting through the door.
Before the ‘Bout Damn Time tour they were supposed to be at two other shows we went to and something always happened and they randomly would not be there. Then when we went to our date of the BDT tour, they weren’t supposed to be there. It wasn’t on the tickets, the posters said they weren’t there, all that jazz. THEN, we get there and one of the first things I say is ‘OMG THERE ARE 5 VANS HERE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN?!’ and then we both agreed that we would not get excited until we had proof that it was actually AVP and not some random band or something. Then caitlin spotted Tarcy and tried to get my attention but I was too busy going ‘OMG IT’S CRAIG! THEY REALLY ARE HERE! OMG WE FINALLY GET TO SEE THEM. ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME!’ So yeah, that was a stoked on life moment that I wanted to share with you. That show was one of my top shows ever. I mean comeon, when you have things like this
going on, it makes for a VERY memorable show :’) Now every time we listen to ‘Damn Rough Night’ and this one part hits we can both still see everyone taking their instruments from them and carrying the drums off stage. good times.
BEST NIGHT EVER
This was one of my top shows ever toooo! I’m happy it was on the Casbah stage, too.